Top 5 Reasons to do Group Coaching

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Here are the TOP 5 REASONS to join a GROUP COACHING program:
1. A Personal Support System
Group coaching gives you the opportunity to share your feelings with others and develop deeper connections, making your sessions more meaningful. Knowing you are not alone in your journey will help you develop the confidence & motivation to address your challenges and succeed.
2. Higher Likelihood of Achieving Goals
You’re much more likely to stick to your gym routine if you have a gym buddy, right? The same holds true with group coaching. When individuals are part of a group, they procrastinate less, accomplish more, and reach their goals faster.
3. Benefit from Collective Wisdom
You’ll brainstorm solutions, open creativity channels, and uncover opportunities you may not have discovered working solo. Have you ever been in a study group where you’ve learned from a classmate who gets it? Other group members help you master new concepts like a por!
4. A Great Value
Get he same quality coaching, but at a fraction of the cost of individual coaching. Group coaching is a smart & affordable way to receive top-notch guidance.
5. A team Invested in Your Success
When you work in a group, the whole team celebrates your success. Just like when a hockey player scores a goal, resulting in a win for the entire team. In this case, no ice skates are required.

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Xx Coach FabulousJacqueT

To Carb or Not to Carb: 6 Tips to Answer that Question!

Complex Carbs“I need to lose weight for my high school reunion” (or whatever event you have coming up). “Which diet should I do?” “I’ve lost weight on Atkins/Paleo/XXX, so I’m going to do that so I can lose XX pounds for the reunion”.

While it’s nice to have a specific goal in mind (losing weight for an upcoming event) I want you to think about choosing a diet that is sustainable. And I would also like you to think about making lifestyle changes versus going on a diet. So, to carb or not to carb? That is the question!

Did you know that carbohydrates are the primary energy source for your activities of daily living, let alone most exercise? And they are also required for proper brain function. So, we NEED carbohydrates. BUT, not all carbs are created equal.

Healthful complex carbs are found abundantly in fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. Here are 6 questions you can ask yourself to see if the carb should be eaten or left alone:

Does it have an expiration date?
If you answer yes, this may be a viable option. Fruits and vegetables expire. Food in it’s natural state expire. That’s life, and that’s normal. Packaged foods (granola bars, candy bars, cookies, chips, etc) don’t expire. They have preservatives added to them, which in turn, you will ingest, and now you have in your body. And they are also usually higher in calories. Excess calories burden our health, and can lead to a plethora of chronic diseases. Pass on the food that doesn’t expire, or has a long date to expiration.

Does it have ingredients that you can’t pronounce?
If you can’t pronounce it, it’s best to stay away from it. It’s a chemical that is modifying a food substance. What can these chemicals do to your body? If you rarely ingest foods like this, your body can probably fight the harmful effects, but when these foods are consumed regularly, your body loses it’s ability to fight, which in turn can lead to chronic diseases. Skip foods that have ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Does it have ingredients that you don’t know what they are?
Read above. Would you tell a friend to do something, but you didn’t know what that something would do to him/her in the long run? Your body IS your friend. You want your body to continue working for you. Treat it with love and kindness. Skip foods that have ingredients that you don’t know what they are.

Does it come in a package?
Isn’t it interesting that fruits and veggies come perfectly packaged the way nature intended?! How about that for your carbon footprint! The most healthful foods come naturally prepackaged. It’s best to pass on the foods that come in packages/jars/fast food restaurants.

Does it have a food label?
Have you ever noticed that fruits & veggies don’t have a food label? Chances are, if a food item has a label, it has been processed in some way. It’s best to stick with foods that have gone through as little processing as possible! Refer to above questions and if it passes, then go ahead and consume.

Does it have more than 5 ingredients?
Have you heard the acronym “KISS”? Keep It Simple Sweetie (ok, i changed the last word). Keep the food you eat as close to it’s natural state as possible. So, if it has less than 5 ingredients, it may be ok. Refer to questions above and if it passes, then go ahead and have it! Conversely if it has more than 5 ingredients AND it passes the above question, it may be ok to consume. If not, pass!

If you found this post interesting, you may be interested in joining me for my Fab-U-Less Online 4-Week Weight Loss Program. Learn tips like this and many more!

Xx Coach FabulousJacqueT

6 Tips for Healthy Holidays!

We are smack in the middle of the holidays and salty, sugary, and fat laden foods & treats are everywhere! By being prepared, you can make it through the holidays without gaining an ounce!! Here are six simple tips to help you stay mindful during your holidays:

  1. Take a healthier version of your favorite holiday food to your parties and holiday get together’s. Since I follow a plant strong diet, I like to take dishes that don’t have any butter & cheese. That way, I know I will have some good food to eat, and others usually end up asking me for the recipe so they can make it at home! I loved this cauliflower mash with mushroom gravy!
  2. Make sure not to go to a party hungry and on an empty stomach! I’ve definitely learned my lesson there!! I like to eat an apple before going to dinners or a party. The fiber helps satiate you, so you avoid overindulging and feeling like crap the next day! 😳
  3. Once you get to the party, focus on eating the whole foods and watch out for sauces, creams, fried foods, and desserts. Fruits, veggies, hummus, & nuts are healthier options than the cheese and crackers, meatballs, and fried ethnic foods.
  4. If you really want to try a calorie rich food, or something that you do not normally eat, take a small amount and have a bite or two. You don’t have to finish it.
  5. Eat slowly! It takes your brain about 20 minutes to recognize that you’re getting full. Enjoy conversations with your loved ones, while being mindful of the foods that you’re consuming.
  6. Get in a daily workout during the holidays to stay refreshed and energized! Don’t know what to do? There are plenty of free workouts on youtube and I personally love the BeachBody on Demand options!

I’d love to hear what your favorite tips and tricks are to stay mindful during the holidays!!

Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!!

Love & light,

Coach Jacque


What do Vegan Month, Diabetes Month, & Alzheimer’s Month have in common?

asparagusNovember is World Vegan Month, American Diabetes Month, and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. You know what else they all have in common? PLANTS. Eating more whole foods and plants can reverse (Type II) Diabetes, and may also improve Alzheimer’s symptoms.

What are whole foods? Foods that have one ingredient: apples, bananas, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, beans, legumes, quinoa, almonds, etc. You get the point. Fruits, veggies, and REAL WHOLE FOODS from Mother Nature make up a whole food plant based diet.

What aren’t whole foods? Processed foods (deli meats, cheese, any food that comes in a package and has chemicals as ingredients), high sugar and high fat foods, refined sugar and refined white flour foods (soda, cakes, cookies, donuts, pasta, white bread, etc).

Here are five quick start tips to get you eating more plants:

  1. Add a fruit or veggie to your breakfast. Have you tried avocado toast? Holy deliciousness!
  2. If you haven’t ventured into the smoothie craze yet, check out this #GGS recipe! This packs in several servings of fruits and veggies in one amazing drink!
  3. For a crunchy delicious snack, try carrots, cucumbers and hummus!
  4. For a sweeter snack, grab a couple dates and a small handful of walnuts. #nomnom
  5. In honor of Halloween, how about a cup of warm pumpkin soup?!

I’d love to hear how you are incorporating more plants into your day. If you are interested in developing and sustaining health-promoting behaviors, contact me for a complimentary coaching consultation. Or, join me on my 21 Day Shape UP Challenge starting November 3!

Happy #WorldVegetarianDay!

PBNHC16Today is World Vegetarian Day, which kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month. #VegetarianAwarenessMonth is served to inform others about the benefits of eating a vegetarian (or, my preferred terminology plant based) diet. My top 7 reasons for eating a whole foods plant based diet (WFPBD):

  1. Disease reversal. There is an inverse relationship with eating plant based foods and reversal of chronic diseases (including, but not limited to heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and some cancers). The closer you get to 100% plant based, the more likely you can REVERSE disease. Watch Forks Over Knives for a great overview!
  2. Scientific Research Eating a WFPBD has been scientifically proven to change your biochemistry through food. Eating a WFPBD is “prompt, powerful, and it endures”, Dr Scott Stoll (International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference 2016)
  3. Hippocrates: Let food by thy medicine and medicine be they food. I rarely get sick because I’m eating so many nutrient dense foods (ie green leafy veggies, brightly colored fruits & veggies, oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice). Many people following a plant based diet can decrease, or stop their medications, for their chronic disease!
  4. David Katz, MD: Add life to your years and years to your life. I had orthognatic surgery a few years ago, and I had to significantly modify the consistency of my diet for a couple weeks while I recovered. I was mainly consuming fruit & veggies that I juiced or blended into smoothies. I have never felt as good as I did then – I had increased energy (& I wasn’t drinking coffee!), dropped a few pounds, and I felt ah-maz-ing!
  5. Save health care dollars and help reduce the US government deficit. I heard a gentleman speak (from the CDC) several years ago and he stated the healthcare costs of Diabetes alone costs the US Government 3x the amount as the Iraqi war. Ouch! #eatmoreplants
  6. Save the world from Hunger. Check out this UN June 2010 report
  7. Mitigate environmental pollution from animal agriculture

Check out this great tool to assess how plant strong you are eating: 4Leaf Survey. What are you eating to celebrate #worldvegetarianday?! At a loss? Click here for some fabulous plant based recipes!

If you’re interested in improving your health through your foods, contact me for a complimentary coaching consultation!

3 Tips to Improve Relationships

badass chickI was recently on a panel where we discussed practical tips for improving and deepening interpersonal relationships. I would like to share 3 with you now:

  1. Be authentic. It is very important that you get to know yourself: what brings you joy? What are you passionate about? What motivates you? By knowing yourself and knowing what you like (and dislike), you can choose to connect with others that have similar interests. This type of connecting nurtures your relatedness with others, which strengthens interpersonal relationships!
  2. Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is being fully present in this moment. It includes listening to others when they are talking, making eye contact, asking questions and listening to their answers/responses. It also includes authentically engaging with people you’re with. Next time you go to dinner with your family/friends/&/or business colleagues, try putting your phone away and really engaging in the dinner conversation. It makes a huge difference! The other night, my husband purposefully left his cell phone in the car when we went to dinner, so that he could fully participate in spending quality time with me. It was #awesomesauce!!
  3. Face your Fears. Isolation is a recurring theme I hear with my coaching clients and friends. It is usually due to fear. I encourage you to identify the fear, and give it a name. Often times, this will help decrease the amount of anxiety you have around the fear. After naming your fear, determine how you can work around it. Often times, breaking through fears leads to pretty amazing growth!

One of my biggest fears was people finding out that I am a recovering alcoholic. But when I decided I really like working with professional women in recovery, it was very clear that I needed to “come out” and share my story. Now, when people see me not drinking, I am facing that fear and telling people the truth. It is freeing to be authentic, and it generally inspires heart-centered conversations with the people I am with!

Also, keep in mind that joy is a more powerful motivator than fear. For example, making behavioral changes based on joy are more likely to stick and become habits (the joy of living vs fear of dying).

I would love to hear from you and what tips you may also find beneficial in improving and deepening relationships!

If you are interested in taking your health & wellness to the next level, I would love to work with you on that journey! I offer online coaching, and I coach clients worldwide!

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Happy New Year!

Create your future now!
Create your future now!

Create your future now! 

Happy New Year! Create your future now!

This time of year is always exciting: looking back on last year, recounting our successes, and where we may have failed; remembering places we visited and friends we made in our travels; spending time with family and friends, both old and new; and then getting to start fresh today, January 1, setting intentions for our hopes & desires in the New Year.

You create your future, now. Be present and take action today! Don’t obsess over the past, because it is in the past and you can’t change it. Declare what you want to do in 2016, and share that with your loved ones. Want to run a 5k? Great! Tell your peeps and then sign up for one! That’s right, go online and register for a 5k! It will get you out to train, and you will be on your way to making your 5k a reality!

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Wishing everyone a blessed, happy, healthy, & prosperous 2016! Xx

Iceland…the antidepressant

Iceland…the antidepressant!

The Blue Lagoon waters stay around 100 degrees!

The Blue Lagoon waters stay around 100 degrees!

Did you know mental health issues, including depression, are the second leading cause of disability (after heart disease!)?! And, mental health problems are the leading cause of people filing for Social Security disability in the US. How interesting is it that depression is nearly non-existent in Iceland because of the foods the Icelanders ingest despite the fair amount of time they spend in continual darkness during their freezing winters?!?

Join Focus43 on an experiential journey to Iceland! We will learn about and taste all of the Icelandic delicacies that attribute to their happy living.  We will also tour many of the beautiful destinations in this lush island!

Contact us if you would like to immerse yourself in the Culture and Cuisine of Iceland!

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